Offered in a question-and-answer format, the
Catechism found in the back of the Book of Common
Prayer (pp. 845-862) helps teach the foundational
truths of the Christian faith. "The Holy
Eucharist" begins on page 859 and is also provided
Q. What is the Holy Eucharist?
A. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by
Christ for the continual remembrance of his life,
death, and resurrection, until his coming again.
Q. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?
A. Because the Eucharist, the Church's sacrifice of
praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the
sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he
unites us to his one offering of himself.
Q. By what other names is this service known?
A. The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord's Supper,
and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine
Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in the
A. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is
bread and wine, give and received according to
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace given in
A. The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy
Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ give to
his people, and received by faith.
Q. What are the benefits which we receive in the
A. The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of
our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ
and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly
banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.
Q. What is required of us when we come to the
A. It is required that we should examine our lives,
repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with
Who May Receive Holy Communion at All Hallows?
All baptized Christians are invited to receive the
sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood no matter from
what tradition you come or where you are in your
journey of faith. We believe that the altar
belongs entirely to God and that God chooses to feed
the whole creation. Others are welcome to come
forward to the communion rail at the alter to
receive a blessing from the priest. Indicate
your desire for a blessing by crossing your arms
across your chest.